The video game company Blizzard has revealed a second canonical gay character in Overwatch, one of the most popular games in the world. Reactions were mixed.
Soldier: 76 (aka Jack Morrison), the exaggerated gray-haired male with a low voice and some battle scars, is gay and has been around all the time, a new tale in the universe has revealed. Story designer Michael Chu confirmed this in a tweet.
Thanks for all the posts about "Bastet"!
Jack and Vincent were in a romantic relationship for many years. Both identify themselves as gay. (I.e.
– Michael Chu ?? (@westofhouse) January 7, 2019
Obviously, a large chunk of the Overwatch fan base responded with a deafening collective scream of pleasure.
But there were also many skeptical voices. Few opposed the strangeness of the 76 itself, yet most were dissatisfied with its awkward introduction.
Much comparison was made with JK Rowling and his Hogwarts director's ad, Dumbledore's homosexuality: despite having zero impact on the already established history, it was seen as a cheap advertising boost.
It's pretty interesting how Blizzard is diversifying the sexuality of the Overwatch cast, but I can not say I'm a fan of Rowling's "actually this character was so all the time I just did not put it anywhere you could see" diversification style.
– Imran Khan (@imranzomg) January 7, 2019
Others thought the timing was remarkable, and accused Blizzard of trying to create a detour from the scandals that plagued him, such as reacting against a mobile game of Diablo and allowing a player to enter a league esports under a fabricated female identity "Ellie"). in the tweet below).
The way Blizzard deals with the Overwatch tradition – releasing very little of it initially and gradually filling in the gaps with comics and short stories – allows it to customize the characters' biographies, and it is difficult to tell whether 76 or the other LGBT character, O Tracer (which came out in 2016), was designed like this from the beginning. But the pre-release of 76 was seen by many as one of the most boring heroes in history, the standard white male action hero.
What Blizzard was able to do was get a positive coverage injection, considering that writing anything negative next to the word "gay" could be ruinous to the reputation of a major Western media.
At the end of the day, the new lore, while raising some assumptions, will have absolutely zero impact on those who actually play Overwatch – except perhaps for the occasional hardcore homophobe. Unless…
I love the new line of voice of Soldier 76 "I AM CHEERFUL AND PLAYING HOW YOU MAKE ME GAY" and how your ult sends an email to your father who reads DAD I GAY
– Eclipse Jared Rosen (@notquitefrodo) January 7, 2019
Patch Notes: tactical visor of the soldier 76 now only targets heterosexual heroes (torbjorn)
– slave of the roadhog pit (@luigi_ebooks) January 7, 2019
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